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December 2014 Geocacher Profile

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:32 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Randy and Janie Elder aka RJElder should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

RJElder

How did you choose your handle?
Our names are Randy and Janie Elder so it is just a combination of our first initials and last name. We cache as a team.

How long have you been geocaching?
Just over 2 years. We started on Aug. 4th, 2012.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
A niece of our son in law was at a family gathering and asked if we had heard of geocaching. Some had heard of it but most had not. She had just started and knew of one close to where we were at the time. There were 7 or 8 of us who loaded up in our Suburban and headed out. Our very first that trip was GC203TY Donít Fence me Out. This was a good hide but we were kind of a tag along on that find still trying to understand what was going on and didnít even sign that log or record it that day. The next one we tuned in as we got the app installed on our phones as we went to GC3CG6J - SCCC Hicks Cemetery. It was like the keystone cops with everyone trying to figure out how to follow the maps and compass. We searched and searched then heard those words: Found It by the niece who had taken us on this journey. It was a very good hide and not sure we would have ever found it without her. Needless to say we were hooked and never looked back.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
Most of the time it is the 2 of us but we also love to cache as a group with our daughter and her family or Janie's sister and brother in law.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Don't know the answer because there are some that are unsolved still after months and still haven't given up yet. Randy is more interested in puzzles.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
We enjoy caching around Hot Springs, Dallas TX on business trips and in our childhood hometown of Jackson TN. Guess our true favorite is where ever we are at the time.

Do you do paperless caching?
yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Android phones with C:GEO app and Garmin Gpsmap 62sc

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It is a hobby that can be great fun for the whole family or individuals. Caching as a couple we have spent more quality time together in the past couple of years than the previous 5 or 10 before that. We especially love the relationships that have been formed in meeting others who enjoy this hobby either at events or on the trail. When we travel it has helped us discover places, history, and interesting facts we would never have been exposed to.

Where are you originally from?
Both of us are from Jackson, TN but have lived in central Arkansas most of our adult lives since 1976.

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Nevada, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin in the US then also in Quebec Canada and Serbia

What was your first event ever attended?
GC3TA8H - ArkGeo October Meet and Greet - Bryant (Oct 6th, 2012) Hosted by Ron White. We met some seasoned cachers and others who were new forming friendships that we greatly value.

How many caches have you found?
2,575

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Homemade containers.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
GC28 Beverly (oldest cache in IL) or GC9CBB THE Grotto in Memphis

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Finding more but have started placing a few.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
Sometimes we have a goal in mind but it differs with each situation.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Those that have history or take you to beautiful locations.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
As of now the Cedar Mini Series in Jackson TN (GC45B5B, GC45BEZ, GC45BFY, GC45BG8, GC491R8, GC45BGG, GC491RQ and GC45BGN).

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Donít think there is any blanket ratio but rather to hide as many as can be well maintained. It does help to get a variety of new hides from cachers who are committed to the sport.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Janie heard about it a long time ago around the time it first started but didnít know it was something anyone could do. The story of our first adventure is related in the question about the first find and we were pretty hooked at that time but later spending time on the computer realizing how massive the number of caches were was a trigger for Randy. A cache which gave us a lot of trouble early on as we branched out on our own and was a key part of opening our eyes to the creativity in the hobby was GC244V9 Guarding Lyle Park. We have used this hide very close to our home as a hook to entice several new cachers into the sport.

What's your favorite geocache?
No way to agree on just one but we really like the field puzzles like I.C. Series in Cabot (examples GC3835K, GC52EV7, GC4R9ZW, GC2P3VH, GC2P2D5), GC1MPNC Drive you to Drink in Hot Springs or GC4QPMZ - a - MAZE - ing Cache in Jackson TN.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
All over the world but especially in all 50 states. Would like to take extended trips to the Northwest and Northeast of the US.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Group

How many First to Finds do you have?
87

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Yes, we are pretty much ready to go when they pop up. Distance set at 50 miles both in Central Arkansas and around Jackson TN. If they are north of the river usually wonít go because too much competition up there.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Not much anymore. Randy used to play softball and bowl but age has taken its toll on those activities. Janie likes reading and shopping.
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November 2014 Geocacher Profile

Nov 03, 2014 - 6:05 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Susan and Mike Dodson aka St. Rock should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?

St. Rock

How did you choose your handle?

Susan was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Mike was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. We thought St. Rock was funny. Mike also says Susan is the saint and he is the rock (hard-headed.)

How long have you been geocaching?

We have been caching with the name St. Rock since 2011. We used to cache under the name Pei Parents in 2005 and 2006. The name was related to the dog we had at the time. She died in 2006 and we had a lot of changes in our lives and we just fell out of caching. When we started back up, we didnít know you could change your name, so we created a new account.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
We asked for a GPS for Christmas, 2004, so we could start geocaching. We were at Susanís parentsí house in St. Joseph, Missouri, and found a cache by the name of Fore! in the days after Christmas. The cache was in a PVC pipe near a golf course.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
We try to bring Henry, the cache dog, with us as much as possible. Susanís mom and brother frequently go with us when we visit each other.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

Susan usually looks at the puzzles, but doesnít work on them very long if she doesnít have someone to assist her. Susan keeps thinking she is going to get some big block of time to sit down and try to learn how to solve puzzles, but it hasnít happened yet.


What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
We love to geocache when we are on vacation. GeoWoodstock in St. Charles, Missouri, was great fun and we didnít find even a tenth of the caches we wanted to. When we visit Susanís parents in St. Joseph, we have a great time because there are a lot of fun caches there. In Arkansas, we arenít picky. Anywhere that has caches, we are happy to go hunt them whenever we can find the time.


Do you do paperless caching?
Yes. We cannot imagine having to use paper again like we did back in 2005.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Most of the time, our iPhones. We do have our original GPS we got, a Garmin eTrex Legend, that we use for backup and when we hid caches.


Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
We always tell people if you like the outdoors and to use your brain, geocaching is for you. We also tell other geocachers to attend events so that they can meet other people who have the same hobby/obsession.

Where are you originally from?
Mike Ė Little Rock, Arkansas

Susan Ė St. Joseph, Missouri

In what states have you geocached?

Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska.

What was your first event ever attended?
We attended one in Clarksville put on by nonnipoppy and golfnutz, we think in 2006. It was so cold that day that we just socialized, ate and didnít look for any caches.


How many caches have you found?
Almost 1550, but Susan is behind on logs!

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Any well maintained container is fun for us to find.


What was the most famous cache that you have found?
That would have to be Mingo. We found it this past summer while visiting Susanís parents over the 4th of July. Susanís mom came with us and we left their house at 6:30am and returned home that night about 11pm. We only found about 10 caches on that road trip, but we had a lot of fun.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

On the rare occasion we use our GPS, we use rechargeable.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?

At this point, finding. We havenít hidden many caches. Susan does most of the scouting for hides and gets a little intimidated when reading about only hide a cache if there is a reason to come to the area or hearing/reading other cachers complain about light pole caches or unimaginative caches, etc. We guess we need to not worry about what others say and just hide some more caches, unimaginative or otherwise!
We have, however, hosted a few events this year and have enjoyed doing that.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

No.


What is you favorite type of cache hide?

Susan probably enjoys EarthCaches and virtuals the most. Mike probably likes any cache that involves history in some way.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
No favorite hides, but we really enjoyed hosting a CITO this past spring.


What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
We have no idea. If cachers would maintain their caches or archive caches they donít want to keep up, we think it would help keep the sport fresh.


How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
Susan read about geocaching in the paper and thought it sounded like fun. We got a GPS for Christmas in 2004 and cached for about a year and half. We then got back into geocaching because Susan heard about the state park caches and thought it would be fun to visit all 52 state parks. Since we currently are on a geostreak of 500 and some days, we definitely consider ourselves addicts now.


What's your favorite geocache?
We couldnít name a single favorite one. We really enjoyed all of the state parks caches and finding the final. Susan likes any cache she can find and not end up with poison ivy or snake encounters. Susan also likes caches Mike can physically make it to.


If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
Mike says the Caribbean or Australia. Susan would like to visit all 50 states and visit all of the national parks while we are there.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

We usually just cache with the cache dog. Lately though, we have gone out with different people and it has been fun. It especially nice to go after some of the higher terrain caches with others since Mike usually canít make it to them.


Mike also has been enjoying a lot of lunchtime caching with his boss, Canada Team. Canada Team decided to try for a one year streak about the time we finished ours, so they frequently will grab a cache on their lunch break when their workflow allows it.

How many First to Finds do you have?

Only about 10. FTFs are pretty hard to come by where we live if you have a set work schedule.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
If we happen to get a FTF, it generally is a cache that is published on the weekend and other cachers have to be out of town. Hence, we rarely even try for them.


Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
We enjoy doing things with the cache dog. We also are trying to visit as many national parks/historic sites/battlefields, etc. as possible and getting stamps in our passport book. So I guess we like to road trip whenever we can!
Mike also enjoys genealogy and Susan used to like to scrapbook, although she hasnít done it in quite some time.
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October 2014 Geocacher Profile

Oct 01, 2014 - 6:20 AM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Les Williams aka Savoy should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Savoy

How did you choose your handle?
I've been using this handle since the before the first web browser. Basically there was a joke about not knowing who was 'really' on the internet. It could be a dog - I believe it was a cartoon. My dog's name was Savoy, was 'ta da'! that became my handle.


How long have you been geocaching? How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I remember that I got very excited to tell my kids that there was a geocache VERY close bye. They were 4-years, and third and fourth grade. The cache was only 2 1/2 hours away! http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.a...1-205669083257 I too a couple of pictures on that log back in August 2001 - Petit Jean Jaunt.


Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
At first it was my thee Geokids, but has they got older and graduated, it ended up just being me and my GeoPup, Mezzo.

If you've met me, you've probably also met Mezzo. Of course, he's trackable too:
http://coord.info/TB277Z8

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?

I do like puzzles, but I'm mostly a fan of field puzzles - ones you can solve on the spot. I'm especially fond of physical puzzles and the craftsmanship that goes into them.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?

Though it 'looks' like I stopped geocaching after moving overseas to China and Brazil, that is WAY not the case. Geocaching back in the early does of the hobby was very challenging in Asia and South America. Even though I don't have "finds" (though I do have some of the oldest active cashes in both those places), I still have the fondest memories of trying to find some of the most remote geocaches in the world.

Do you do paperless caching?

Is there any other way now?

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?

I'm a huge fan of my Montana 650t.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?

Today is a great example. Because of Geocaching, I woke up to a view the mists rising from a beautiful Ozark lake. I then spent the day geocaching with a new friend I had just met the night before because of a Geocaching Event (Cache Bash V) - though we did some geocaching, it was just nice to hang out and share a love for the outdoors, good stories and find fellowship. Geocachers make a unique and welcoming community that is something special to be a part of... its hard to find anything else like it.

Where are you originally from?

Montana, but I was raised all over the SE. My college years were spent in South Carolina.

In what states have you geocached?

All the South East and Central US, Montana, California, New Mexico. I really need to get up to the North Eastern States!

What was your first event ever attended?

I think it was an Arkgeo Event when we can make back to the U.S.

How many caches have you found?

I've pasted 2K and headed toward 3.

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

The ammo can!

What was the most famous cache that you have found?

There is a bridge scene in the movie, The Untouchables. That bridge is in Montana - and up there, its very famous.
The most famous one I didn't find was the APE cache in Brazil. I made the trip all the way to the national park but bad weather and washed out roads kept out from leaving the park station so we turned back. It turned that that the caretaker had moved the cache for some reason (it eventually make its way back to near the original location) and it was sitting behind the building we were parked near! Of course we didn't think to ask, and they didn't think to tell. I was a very sad panda when I found out what had happened. But still, it makes for a great story.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?

I'm a disposable fan, but the charge on my unit will last more than a full day of caching.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?

I had some famous hides overseas and here - I think one of my caches like the 15th oldest in Arkansas. I have geocaching in China and Rio de Janeiro that still get a lot of love.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?

I like to put in caches that I'd like to find (that is if I didn't already know where they were).

What is you favorite type of cache hide?

Ammo Can in the Woods in a GREAT location.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?

I'm fond of the Castaway Cache, and Old Photo #2.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?

After your first couple hundred finds, I think its OK to hide as much as you're willing to maintain.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

I think I read something in a newspaper the month before, and then I wanted to try it out with the kids to see if it would help make it easier to do a 'spur of the moment' hike. It worked!

What's your favorite geocache?

That's hard for me... I like a lot of geocaches for different reasons.
My favorite is still going to be Brown Agnus (Montana).

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?

Australia.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

I like going with a group the most. To me, geocaching is a social activity at its heart.

How many First to Finds do you have?

I'm not sure... I got one last night. Before that, it was months ago. I'm guessing 20ish.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?

The only way I'd go for a FTF is if it goes live as I'm standing next to it. Even then, with my track record on FTFs, someone else will still log it before I can get to it.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?

I'm a fan of most things outdoorsie. I have a very musical family, so we spend a lot of time on our various instruments.
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September 2014 Geocacher Profile

Sep 01, 2014 - 8:55 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jason and Lisa Nuckols aka jclaudii and southerngirl should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? jclaudii (but now it's combined with my wife's so we are jclaudii and southerngirl)

How did you choose your handle? I have used this handle most my life since childhood as "Claudy" was one of my nicknames growing up.

How long have you been geocaching? A few days after Christmas in 2006, had to try out the new GPS my awesome wife got me!

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? My first cache was "Buzzard Bluff" up in the NFS above Hector. We had a Jeep back then and loved to go on roads that were not traveled often. This was a great trip as I got lucky and it ended up being an Ammo Can. I know the log said it contained a $100 dollar bill, so this being my first cache thought "wow some rich people play this game". It turned out to be a giant toy $100 bill, but it got us addicted to this game. I hope to one day put some new caches out in this area.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? My wife and our 3 kiddos

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? Depends on the temp and the mood the kids are in but usually less than 20 minutes per section

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? We love caching in and around our Home of Russellville, but we love the NFS caches the most as it gets us out of town and into nature.

Do you do paperless caching? Yes but we do write notes in a notebook.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? A Magellan Explorist GC and our Andorid Phones

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? Geocaching is a family friendly activity that can be done almost anytime after the initial purchase of a GPS or Smart Phone App and is very easy on the pocketbook. And the kids love "finding treasure" almost everywhere we would normally go anyway so it is great!

Where are you originally from? I grew up in Murfreesboro, AR but I was born in Arlington, TX.

In what states have you geocached? I can only claim Missouri with actual finds.

What was your first event ever attended? Clarksville or Cacheville

How many caches have you found? 684

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? Has to be a large ammo can or other large container with swag!

What was the most famous cache that you have found? I don't think we have found a famous cache yet.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Both, but prefer rechargeable.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? Finding, It's fun to see all the hard work that goes into some of the caches!

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? To make it fun and not a typical park and grab.

What is you favorite type of cache hide? Caches that have thought put into them and are out of the city. It is getting harder for cachers to place in the National Forest, but finding ammo cans in the woods is what it is all about!

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? Liquid Logic and Perception, both are not complex, but almost everyone who has searched for it goes on an adventure and tells about it in their logs. It's very rewarding to have several paragraphs from the cachers instead of a simple "easy park and grab tftc".

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? I have to believe there is no perfect ratio, but what a cacher feels he/she has time to maintain. With everything else we have going on in our lives we have time for the few we currently have.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? My wife got me a Garmin GPS Map 60c for Christmas and I went that night and loaded up a few geocaches on it and printed off some info for the next day.

What's your favorite geocache? My favorite cache is one I have not even been to yet but have tried several times with something new always preventing us from getting it. The cache is "Blue Hole" up above Hector http://coord.info/GCGP2T To give you an idea of the kind of trouble we run into when we attempt this one check out one of our attempts at how friday caching went.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Everywhere, If we did not have to worry about money my family and I would see all the places in the U.S. and grab caches all along the way! Imagine all the lessons one could learn by traveling all over the country and seeing the places history occurred instead of just reading about it in a textbook. And the bonus would be we could grab a cache there!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? With my family

How many First to Finds do you have? I really don't know, so I added them up in GSAK and it says 17

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications? Our mileage is set to 30 mile radius, but we usually only go if we have other business close to the cache.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
We like to camp and hike, kayak, swim and farm and gardening.



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The August meeting of the Central Arkansas Geocaching Enthusiasts (C.A.G.E.)

Aug 28, 2014 - 4:17 AM - by butch724
ronwhite and butch724 invite you to another C.A.G.E. Meet, Greet and Eat event, being held at American Pie Pizza, 9709 Maumelle Blvd. North Little Rock, Arkansas from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 28, 2014.
If you are new to the game and don't know many cachers, this is your chance to meet the faces behind all of those caching names. If you have been at this a while, come visit with your caching buddies and encourage a new geocacher to become the addict that you are! If you need to hit your fellow cachers up for a hint on those tough caches, now is your chance! Come eat and share your caching stories.

If you know that you will be able to attend, please post a "Will Attend" and let us know how many are in your party so we can pass the info on to the restaurant manager. However, if you don't know whether youíll be able to make it until the last minute - that's ok - just come on over, thereíll be plenty of room for all that show up. Just a reminder, everyone will be responsible for their own meals and you don't have to purchase anything. We just ask that you donít bring outside food into the restaurant, unless youíre on a special diet.
Coordinates will take you to the parking lot. We will gather in their back private room, just let front hostess that you are there for the C.A.G.E Meet & Greet.
If anyone has anything that they would like to donate to the door prizes, please bring it along as other cachers would greatly appreciate it. These can include hiding containers and tools of the trade
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